Wednesday, 14 September 2022

6 Worthwhile Hobbies That Every Mum Should Consider

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Mothers are usually never off their motherhood duties, which can feel a little all-consuming. It's very easy for a mother to forget about herself and focus on meeting her children's and her family's needs. In such instances, mothers can experience intense burnout that keeps them away from the one thing they cherish the most; mothering. It is time to evaluate how you spend your time as a mum and how to factor in taking care of yourself. This post brings to light some worthwhile hobbies you can start in the comfort of your home.

Crafting

Yes, every mum has a child who comes home with one or two craft assignments. Some mums love doing these crafts even without their children having them as homework. Such mums will have a great time picking up crafting as a hobby. This helps to give you a worthwhile creative outlet. Some great crafting hobbies you can easily take up include how to crochet, painting, pottery making, refinishing furniture, calligraphy, and card making, amongst others. The best part about these crafts is that they can be sold online for some supplementary income and double as great gift options for loved ones. 

Gardening

 

Gardening as a mother is an enjoyable experience. Indeed, trying to tend to a garden while caring for a newborn can be a lot, as you might hardly have time for watering your flowers and taking out weeds. Expert plant mums who are actual mothers, too, suggest picking gardening as a hobby after your kids have matured a little. When your kids are old enough to entertain themselves, you will have more than enough time to take care of your plants. Gardening is known to be highly therapeutic, and it's also known to be a great form of exercise. Lastly, growing things in your home is a great way to inspire your kids to eat more organic foods while helping you save money on grocery shopping. 

Exploring New Things with Your Partner

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Trying new things with your partner is key to a happy and long-lasting relationship. No matter how much you love someone, your feelings can fade over time if you don't work on your relationship together. A healthy relationship will always undergo change as people change over the years that they're together. The trick is to change with your partner, as this will create a stronger bond.

One of the best things you can do to change with your partner is to experience new things together. A lot of couples will try things together in the early stages of their relationship but will slow down as the years go by. This leads to the relationship becoming stale and uninteresting and can make people fall out of love over time.

Exploring new things together doesn't have to mean something like a strap-on vibrator, but instead, anything that both you and your partner are interested in. This could be travelling to a new country or something as simple as trying a new restaurant. Together, you and your partner will create new memories together, which is essential for building a stronger bond. 


Learning New Things

One of the best things about trying something new with your partner is that you both get to learn. Not only will you be learning to do something new, but you'll also be learning more about each other and yourselves. Learning new things together enriches relationships because it allows you to be vulnerable with your partner and vice versa.

When you're learning a new task, neither side is an expert. Therefore mistakes and failures are inevitable. This gives you and your partner a chance to offer encouragement and also helps cooperation. When you and your partner do this together, you'll foster closer ties and feel happier with one another.

Learning new things could include taking a cooking or art class or even picking up a new sport together. There are loads of opportunities out there and plenty of different things for everyone. If you and your partner struggle to agree on something you'd both enjoy, you can come up with a compromise to each try something the other suggests. Who knows, you may even surprise yourself. 

Monday, 5 September 2022

Tips for Visiting Milan and Lake Como


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Lake Como is the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The crystal-blue waters, lush green mountains, and quaint villages are all things you’ll encounter when visiting this picturesque location. Milan, on the other hand, is a city full of surprises. It’s not just the capital of Northern Italy but also home to some of the most beautiful landmarks in Europe. If you’re looking for a perfect blend of culture, history, and natural beauty, then book your flight to Milan immediately.

Here are a few tips for visiting Milan and Lake Como.

 

Shop for Jewellery and Accessories in Milan

Milan is the place to shop if you’re looking for some unique and elegant jewellery pieces, as the city has a long heritage and tradition of craftsmanship and is home to many unique stores, such as Pisa Orologeria for example, which is among Italy’s most famous watch shops. The city is also a fashion capital of the world, so here you will also find the boutiques of all the top-tier designers, such as Armani, Gucci, Prada and Versace, to name just a few. The city is a fashion and luxury icon and has been for decades.

 

Visit the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the most famous shopping malls in all of Italy, and it’s located right in the centre of Milan. It’s actually one of the oldest malls in Europe as well and was founded in 1913, making it a truly impressive sight to see. The main entrance is located on Via Palestro, while there are several other smaller entrances as well, making it easy for you to get around without too much hassle.

Tuesday, 30 August 2022

The Secret of a Happy Mind and a Healthy Life

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Do you want to live a happy and healthy life? If so, you're in luck! This blog post will discuss the secret of a happy mind and healthy life. Many people believe that happiness and health are two separate things, but that's not true. Instead, happiness is one of the key ingredients to having a healthy life. So how can you achieve both happiness and good health? Keep reading to find out!


1) Get enough sleep:

Most people need around eight hours of sleep per night. Getting enough rest is crucial for both your physical and mental health. When you're well-rested, you're less likely to get sick, and your mood will improve.


If you have trouble sleeping, you can do a few things to improve your sleep habits. For example, try avoiding caffeine before bed, establish a regular sleep schedule, and create a relaxing bedtime routine. Creating healthy sleep habits is one of the best things you can do for your overall health and happiness.


2) Eat healthily:

What you eat has a significant impact on your health. Eating a balanced diet is important for maintaining your energy levels, preventing diseases, and improving your mood.


Some tips for eating healthy include filling up on fruits and vegetables, choosing lean protein sources, and avoiding processed foods. You should also make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Drinking enough water helps to keep your body hydrated and can help improve your skin complexion. Eating healthy is one of the best things you can do for your overall health and happiness.

Tuesday, 23 August 2022

A Beginner’s Guide to Solar Power Installation

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If you are new to solar power and you’ve seen your neighbour enjoying the benefits, then you have probably wondered what steps your neighbours took to get solar power installed in their home. Most people believe solar power systems come with the house or belong to a utility company but the truth is that a solar power system is wholly owned by the homeowner.

The development of solar power in the past decade has surprised many people and this rapid development can largely be attributed to massive investments in solar power components by countries like China, Germany and the United States. The rapid uptake by the public was simply a matter of time, and in this article, we examine what are the reasons behind the market uptake of solar power and how to organise installation it in your home.


Why Solar Power is the Right Choice

Solar power is a renewable source of energy and therefore good for the planet. It will enable the shift from the destructive fossil fuel energy sources and usher in an era of greater energy dependence. For the individual homeowner, solar energy will lead to greater financial benefits in the long run and here’s how.

On average, American homes spend about $140 to $180 per month on energy bills. When this bill is added to other monthly bills, it can lead to financial difficulties, which can easily be alleviated with the installation of solar power.


How to Benefit Financially from Solar Power Installation

Though solar energy installation is expensive, this one-off payment can be beneficial in the long run. For starters, there are many financial incentives for homes choosing to go solar. Governments have subsidized the costs of solar equipment and even offered more tax incentives to homeowners to protect them from the financial constraints of shifting to solar energy. The sum of these incentives may even lead to a net zero cost to the homeowner in the long run.

One other overlooked benefit to transitioning to solar is that solar energy systems will greatly increase the value of your home. Most solar companies usually lead with this as an incentive to get new customers and though it sounds like a sales gimmick, it is actually true.

If you are residing in San Jose California and your goal is to fully benefit from these advantages, it is crucial to contract a reliable solar energy company in San Jose to offer you the best solar panels, and also to offer advice on which other best components to use for your solar installation. A good solar company will not only offer such consultation for free but also have well-trained installers to conduct a site visit and provide estimated costs for your installation.

In essence, getting solar power for your home should be viewed as just another renovation, but in actual sense, it offers better returns and you can finally enjoy complete energy freedom. This will not only protect you from energy uncertainties but also offer you more flexibility in powering your home.


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Tips for Giving Your Child More Independence in Their Teen Years

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When your child starts to get a little older, they’ll want and expect a little more independence, and that’s something that’s perfectly normal. As a parent, you should want to give them that independence while also keeping them close and communicative. We’re going to talk today about some of the things that’ll make that possible today, so keep reading.


Accept They’re Not a Child Anymore


Accepting your child is no longer a child is something that’s certainly very important. As a parent, it’s important to treat your son or daughter as an adult when they reach that age. Sure, they’ll always be your child and you’ll always view them that way to some extent, but you also need to respect their independence and the fact that they’re old enough to start making their own decisions.


Respect Their Needs and Priorities


As we just mentioned, your son or daughter will start to make their own decisions when they’re in their teens and late teens. It’s important that you respect that and accept that you’re not always going to agree with them or like the decisions they’re making. That’s okay, but you need to learn to respect their individual priorities and the decisions they make in life. It’s not easy, but that’s your job as a parent.


Let Them Know They Have Your Support


Letting them know they have your support is key. Just because they’re becoming more independent in life, that doesn’t mean that you’re abandoning them or that you’re no longer there to support them. They might feel more able to become independent and more confident when they know that you’re there to support them as they grow up and transition into a new chapter in their life.

Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Getting Used To Life As A Hearing Aid User

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Hearing problems can affect us at any age, for a wide range of reasons. Whatever the cause is, the proposed solution is almost always going to be the use of a hearing aid. The quality of life improvements that a hearing aid represents can be nothing short of extraordinary but it can take some time to get used to those changes. Here, we’re going to look at some of the ways you get a little more acclimated with your own devices.


Adjust how you use them


Wearing your hearing aids for the first time can be intense. The changes can be overwhelming and your ability to hear sounds that you previously couldn’t may even be disorienting. However, this will all go away with time. Audiologists and other hearing health specialists will routinely recommend not wearing your hearing aids all the time when you first get them. You can wear them for just a few hours each day, at first, and only in quieter locations like your own home. However, as you get used to them, you can comfortably wear them for longer, in new places, until you’re able to wear them all day, except for when you’re sleeping or in the bathroom.


Take good care of them


It’s important to make sure that your schedule begins to incorporate the maintenance and care that your hearing aids require every day to work at their best. The most important of these steps is to use your cleaning kit to make sure it stays free of dirt, debris, and earwax. Taking it out when you use the bathroom and taking the batteries out when you’re not using it is important, too. The technology inside hearing aids can be delicate, so it’s a good idea to learn about the types of hearing aid repairs and which of them you can do at home. For the others, having a good audiologist can ensure that your device is up and running in no time after a malfunction.


Learn how to operate them


The technology within hearing aids is pretty advanced. For those who might not feel as technological savvy, you might be missing out on a range of options that can help you optimize your hearing experience to the environments that you’re in. However, many hearing aids come with apps or are compatible with hearing aid apps that can allow you to easily adjust them and change their settings through your smartphone or other digital devices that you can connect. You can always ask your audiologist to help you learn how to set profiles or otherwise fit the hearing aid better to your changing needs, as well. It can help you get even more comfortable with using them in different environments.


It’s worth taking the time to get comfortable with your hearing aids and to ensure that you’re able to use them fully. Untreated hearing loss can have some drastic knock-on effects on your health, so you should make sure that you’re giving your hearing aids a proper chance.



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Saturday, 13 August 2022

Children And Technology: Pros And Cons Of The Digital World

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It’s no secret that children today are growing up in a digital world. They are exposed to technology at an early age and use it in their everyday lives. While there are many advantages to this, there are also some disadvantages.

Technology has many faces, from television sets to computers to tablets to smartphones. It’s hard to avoid and even harder to limit. According to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, children ages 8-18 spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes using entertainment media across a typical day. That’s more than 53 hours per week!

It’s no wonder that children are growing up with a lot of questions about technology.

Here are some pros and cons of the digital world:


PROS:

1. Access to information: The internet is a vast repository of knowledge. Children can use it to find information on any topic they’re interested in, whether for school projects or personal curiosity.

2. Improved communication: Technology has made communication easier and faster than ever before. Children can stay in touch with their friends and family members who live far away with the click of a button. They can also communicate with their peers more easily, which can help them form stronger relationships.

3. Enhanced learning opportunities: Thanks to technology, children have access to a world of educational resources at their fingertips. They can watch educational videos, play learning games, and read articles on any subject they’re interested in. This can help them learn more quickly and retain information more effectively.

4. Greater creativity: Technology provides children with the tools they need to be creative. They can use computers to design artwork, create music, and write stories. They can also share their creations with the world through social media and other online platforms.

5. Improved problem-solving skills: Technology requires children to think critically and solve problems in order to use them effectively. This helps them develop important problem-solving skills that they can use in other areas of their lives.

6. Increased motivation: The use of technology can be motivating for children. They can stay engaged in their learning and get immediate feedback on their progress. This can lead to improved academic performance and a greater love of learning.

7. Preparation for the future: Technology is becoming increasingly important in the workforce. With exposure to and use of technology, children are better prepared for jobs that will require these skills.

Tuesday, 9 August 2022

How to Make a Fitness Routine More Fun

 

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Fitness should be fun, and the more fun it is, the easier it is to maintain a fitness routine and get healthy. The trouble is that many fitness locations seem boring places to some people, so how can you square the circle? The good news is that there are plenty of ways to make it more fun.  

Listen to Audiobooks/ Podcasts

One of the things that put people off exercising and reaching their best selves is the boredom of the activities. Some people like nothing more than lifting weights and counting to themselves, but for other people, that is simply too tedious and uninspiring. You can click here for ideas. 

Listening to audiobooks while you run or lift weights in the gym is an excellent way to entertain yourself or learn something while you improve your fitness and strength. Combining these two activities is the perfect way to make the most of your time and ensures that fitness stays fun, and perhaps even educational too.

Fitness Friends 

If you get bored exercising on your own, then find a fitness friend. Fitness friends come in two types; one of them is more advanced than you and encourages you to compete with them and reach their level; the other type is on the same level as you, and you can raise each other's game together. 

There’s another advantage to having a fitness friend; it motivates you to put on your running shoes or get on your bike when the sky is dark, and the weather is cold. Having someone around to hold you to the task is an excellent way to maintain your fitness routine and meet goals. 

Fitness Classes 

Again, some people find exercising on their own very boring, even with a favorite audiobook on. If you want to generate more interest in your fitness life, then consider fitness classes. A fitness class can take place in a gym or partake online in the comfort of your home, but it is more interactive. 

Fitness classes are a great place to meet like-minded people and work out with others, this keeps it interesting, but that’s not all. As with a fitness friend, fitness classes are a commitment that you can’t abandon easily. You might have paid money for a class or have booked a place, so you feel more committed to turn up. 

Everyday Exercise 

If the idea of a workout is too much to think about, you might like this next bit of advice. Instead of making your fitness routine a formal affair with a gym subscription or some training at a local sports club, you can integrate your fitness into your lifestyle by switching your mindset a little. 

Everyday exercise simply means raising your heart rate whenever possible; it might be some steps that you walk up regularly, walking instead of taking the car or cycling to your work. This kind of active life is perfect for maintaining your fitness levels without getting bored or spending too much money. 

Ditch the Gym 

Gyms are one of the most boring places for some people, the atmosphere is not nice, mostly filled with sweaty people and random groans, and there is nothing pleasant to look at. Why pay for this situation when you can buy a pair of running shoes and enjoy the fresh air outside?


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5 Reasons to Take Your Child to a First Aid Class

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While children don’t always love learning, especially boring topics, there is no doubt about it that there are some things they need. This can include learning about first aid. First aid training is something that everyone needs. It’s usually taught to adults during orientation, and it’s also taught to kids who are in sports and clubs such as the Scouts. With that said, depending on the setting, teaching a child first aid can honestly be a lot of fun. It’s one of those needed things for living a healthy lifestyle while also teaching little ones to help others. So, here are five reasons to take your child to a first aid class.

1. First Aid is a life-saving skill

They could be a hero one day. Who knows when something major could happen, this could be at the playground, in class, or even if they’re unsupervised. As a parent, you can’t always control the setting that your child will be in. However, you can teach them the life-saving skill of first aid, so they will already be well equipped.

2. It teaches children to be aware of their surroundings and how to react in emergency situations

You can find out more here about it, but taking a class can be a great way to give children a calm mindset when they need to take on an emergency situation. Freaking out and panicking will instantly make the situation go worse. However, when it comes to these classes, they put children in scenarios that will help them learn about the importance of staying calm when they’re trying to save a life. 

Plus, this can also help a child be more aware of their surroundings and see what is happening and what is actually wrong. Some things like choking, drowning, stroke, and seizures may not look like much at first glance. But these classes can help learn what the signs are.

3. It teaches children the importance of being responsible for their own safety

It’s small, but this can mean a lot. First aid classes can let kids help themselves and help others. This, in turn, lets them know if they’re ever in danger, there is a high chance that someone will help them out, giving them a greater sense of safety.

4. It teaches children about their body and what it can do

The human body is amazing, and this first aid class just proves it. Plus, it shows how to take care of themselves when they fall or get hurt or when friends get hurt or sick.

5. It helps build confidence in kids

This can include those who might be afraid of going outside or interacting with other people because they are shy or have anxiety issues. Some children are just shy, but a first aid class can teach them that sometimes, it’s necessary to get out of their comfort zone in order to save someone’s life. In general, this could be one of the best decisions a parent can make because you never know when your little one could help save a life. 


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Friday, 29 July 2022

What to Consider Before Getting Your Child their First Phone

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As a mom, there are a lot of things to worry about. One of the big concerns that many parents have is when to give their children their first phone. It can be a tough decision, and there are a lot of factors to consider. 

One of the first things you need to consider is your child's age. Most experts recommend that children be at least 12 years old before they get their first phone. This is because they need to be mature enough to handle the responsibility of having a phone and they should also be able to understand how to use it safely.


Another thing you need to think about is how your child will use their phone. If they are only going to use it for emergencies, then you may not need to get them a data plan. However, if they are going to use it for social media, gaming, or other activities that require data, then you will want to get them a well-priced data plan.


It would be best if you also thought about whether or not your child is ready for the responsibility of having a phone. This includes being able to follow the rules, such as not using their phone during class or at bedtime. If you think they are ready for this responsibility, then they are probably ready for a phone. And, speaking of responsibility, you also need to ensure they stay safe while spending time online. That said, have a look below at some valuable information that will help you ensure your child can enjoy some safe screen time once they get their first phone.




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Friday, 22 July 2022

A Great New Hoover on the Market - Hoover HF500 Anti-Twist PETS Model


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If you ask me how I'm going to clean a floor, I'll tell you I'll Hoover it and truthfully that would be whether or not the actual product I'm using is made by Hoover. As Hoover is a brand I grew up with, it was the only vacuum cleaner my Nan and Mum would ever think to buy and I'm pleased to see that nearly fifty years later Hoover is still making excellent vacuum cleaners.

It was a very easy yes from me when I was asked if I'd like to review the Hoover HF500 anti-twist pets vacuum cleaner. It retails for £299 and is one of the modern stick-type vacuums, which I haven't used before. At just 2.5kg in its full upright form (or 1.7kg as a handheld) it is really easy to use and manoeuvre whatever your size, strength or ability. 

I really like the modern graphite grey and turquoise colouring of this Hoover and it feels robust for something so light. It was intuitive and easy to put together straight from the box and I didn't have to spend time going over a manual and wondering what goes where. 


When I first received the Hoover HF500 anti-twist pets, seeing how streamlined it is I thought I might let my son take it to uni when he goes in September but having used it, I don't want to let it go, as it really is very effective and so light.

It amazes me that a vacuum being cordless and light really encourages my teen children to use it. They won't even consider using the traditional vacuum as you have to unwind the lead and plug it in, but will happily grab my cordless and clean their own bedrooms. That is a big win as far as I'm concerned. 

Thursday, 21 July 2022

What To Write In Wife Birthday Card

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Are you struggling with what to write on your wife's birthday card? Birthday cards for wife sold on Boomf are the loveliest, most romantic, and most special wife's birthday cards there are. You can pick out the most fitting card based on theme, colours, style, features, and filters to give your amazing wife the birthday card that she deserves. One she will truly love and cherish. 

 

Birthday Card For Wife Wishes

Gifts are surely a good choice of presents for your wife but she wants to hear you say words that mean the world to her. Happy birthday cards for wives should portray the endearment and appreciation, with love that every married woman wants to hear in her marriage, from her husband.

This is the perfect opportunity for you to wish your wonderful wife the sweetest birthday as she also makes your life the sweetest it has ever been. If you're having trouble coming up with the right words to show what you actually feel, here's a list of what you could write on your wife's birthday card and we hope that you see something that resonates with you and provides inspiration:

  1. Thank you for showing me just how much I needed you in my life all these years. Happy Birthday!

 

  1. To the most amazing woman in my life who makes it a fairytale I always want to live, have a fabulous birthday today.

 

  1. As you have always been so selfless and effortlessly stunning, I wrote you this card to express my sincere emotions. How I am in awe that you are mine and how pleased I will be to be your husband forever.

 

  1. There will never be a better yesterday as long as you're in my today. Enjoy your special day, Honey.

 

  1. You deserve the best of birthdays for making sure everyone in this family is at their best, each day. Thank you, my dear wife, for this.

 

  1. It is a blessing every day to wake up to you by my side. I always hate to leave for work and as soon as I get home today, I promise to make this the best birthday you have ever had.

 

What Not To Write

As you already know, many women are moved by words. A birthday card will lose its flavour if the words you choose to write are not genuine and personal. So take your time and make sure that the choice of words you select are really something you sincerely mean. There is nothing worse than receiving a card and it looks like the sender took the words and sentiments straight from the internet. By all means, use the above phrases as inspiration but try to make your greeting personal and special to both you and your wife. 

We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating together!

Thursday, 14 July 2022

10 Years of Employee Ownership (EO) Day – What We Have Learned

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It has been an entire decade since the Employee Ownership Association launched EO Day, or ‘Employee Ownership Day’, in celebration of the benefits of employee-owned businesses.

There are, of course, a lot of benefits to celebrate. It is clear that, within the UK, there are strong economic benefits being felt not just by the individual employees themselves, but by the business and regional economies. It’s also clear to see that employee ownership represents one of the cornerstones of preparing for a future of increased automation and using artificial intelligence to streamline significant portions of the UK workforce.

In all likelihood, businesses opting to spread ownership throughout the economy are something we should see a lot more of over the coming years. But, to that end, what has happened already?


Businesses are ready and willing to explore the benefits

Since 2019, the employee ownership sector has doubled – a fact which is testament to just how ready shareholders and directors are to spread ownership and reap the benefits of a workforce that have a much more significant stake in the business – and its growth – than they did before.

This has been aided by the formation of the Employee Ownership Trust, or EOT, first established in 2014. Recent research into employee ownership in SMEs has already paved the way for further studies into the true extent of the benefits brought by employee ownership.  


Businesses that take on employee ownership are generally thought to be directed toward more meaningful roles and relationships 

One of the strongest examples of this stems from the impact of Covid-19, which coincides with the rapid surge in companies turning toward employee ownership. As everyone was forced to confront their own mortality – and the impacts of a global crisis – more businesses and advisors sought to instate strong succession plans for their business, and to create a meaningful path forward not just for the business itself, but for its employees, too.

Employee ownership gives employees a more meaningful say in the business, which tends to have a strong impact on their levels of happiness and satisfaction at work.


The emphasis on nurturing the workforce is very strong

A recent survey showed that 96% of employee-owned businesses say that looking after the workforce is key to the success of the business, and more than two-thirds claimed that employee ownership was a matter of social responsibility.

Obviously, as with any significant change to the business, there will inevitably be a period of ‘settling in’ as everyone gets to grips with the new order. For that reason, and despite the strong rewards waiting for businesses who can navigate this process, working closely with corporate solicitors on setting up or running an employee-owned business can only help as they have worked with similar clients and know how to handle a change of this proportion.

There are, of course, a variety of ways to instate employee ownership within a business, but utilising the EOT has proven to be the most popular so far, and is well worth exploring if you’re interested in your employees having a stake in the future of your business. 


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Tuesday, 12 July 2022

Parenting Hacks to Help Your Child Thrive

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Parenting in this modern world comes with plenty of ups and downs, and you'll spend too much time worrying about the down times. But don't, it's important to acknowledge all the things you are doing well as a parent, and if something isn't working for you, then don't give up, try something else. There is such a massive toolkit of strategies that we parents can draw upon.

Having a steady home life is so fundamental for any child and one of the most important things you can do as a parent is focus on the best ways of achieving this safe space. A child with strong foundations and known boundaries will have a head start towards thriving.


These are some of the best ways of being able to help your child thrive and grow as much as possible.


Be Patient


One of the key things to keep in mind is that you need to make sure you are as patient as possible with your children. Being a child and going through lots of developmental leaps and growths can be challenging for many children. It goes without saying that your child needs to feel your patience and feel able to have the room to make mistakes, deal with the resulting consequences and then grow as an outcome of what they've experienced.


Find a Routine


Finding a routine that works for your family is really important, and there are so many ideas that you can use to help you achieve this. Don't be tempted to copy your best friends routine, or one a book advocates, as every family is unique. So make sure you think about all the factors that matter to your family and incorporate those. Children like routine, and they often need it to help them acclimatise to changes and get used to things.  

Monday, 4 July 2022

Moms Should Know These Techniques for Calming a Sick Child

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Nothing is worse than when your child is ill. All you want to do is help them in the best way so they can recover quickly. Snot and dribble are sure to get on their hands, faces, and sleeves—and most likely yours as well—because kids are still learning the fine art of coughing into their elbows and wiping their noses with a tissue. 


Add to that the emotional challenges, a mother's heart is broken more than anything else by witnessing her child in such anguish. Then it is sod's law that having a sick child in the family inevitably results in the spread of germs and just as your child starts to feel better, you are aware that you're strating to get poorly yourself, and guess what? Sick days are not permitted for parents!


Prepare yourself with these easy strategies to help your child (and yourself) make it to the other side if you find yourself submerged in a sea of your child's used tissues and hose pitful puppy eyes.


Consider Hydration 


Keeping kids hydrated is essential at all times, but it's crucial during illness. Children who are sick with a fever, diarrhoea, or vomiting lose a lot of salt and fluids that they need to replace.


Try liquid-heavy foods like a warm cup of chicken soup if water isn't their thing. Cool drinks and popsicles will hydrate your child and help them feel better if they have a sore throat, and it still feels like they're having a treat. This is the one time that you don't mind what your child is eating or drinking, as long as they are.


Combining symptom relief with a mother's gentle touch 


Children's coughs and colds may be particularly challenging to treat because there aren't many solutions available to them. Children who have a persistent cough may also have trouble falling or staying asleep, which is a nightmare for everyone! Your presence with them can be very calming and a towel under their pillow can help to raise their head and relieve their cough a bit.


It's important to think about ways how to bring temperature down, such as taking medication, wearing fewer layers of clothing, or sponging them with tepid water.


Relax the limitations on screen time


For good reason, the majority of us worry about exposing our kids to too much screen time. But while they're sick is not the time to be a stickler for the rules. You want to take their attention away from how they are feeling and help them have a bit of light relief and feel better.


Your sick child needs to rest and falling asleep with a movie on their iPad is no crime.


Look after their skin


Children's noses are typically red, raw, and painful when they have recently recovered from a cold. This is because using regular tissues to clean their nose may irritate their skin, which is painful for them. Instead of using a dry tissue, parents can reduce this irritation by using a warm, damp towel and gently applying petroleum jelly around the nostrils can help to heal this sore area.


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